Selected by Montreal Canadiens round 1 #8 overall 1973 NHL Amateur Draft
Selected by Minnesota Fighting Saints round 1 #7 overall 1973 WHA Amateur Draft
Gainey played as a junior for the Peterborough Petes and had a reputation of being a defensive player with great potential. In his final season under coach Roger Neilson he still wasn't an outstanding goal scorer, netting 22 goals and 21 assists in 52 games.
An impressive 1160 games played but "only" 239 career goals, 262 assists for 501 points. Throw in 25 more goals and 73 more points in 182 playoff games, and it appears Bob was a fairly average player.
A defensive specialist, Gainey played with the Montreal Canadiens from 1973–74 to 1988–89, winning four consecutive Frank J. Selke Trophies, awarded to the league's best defensive forward and four consecutive Stanley Cups from 1976 to 1979. Gainey lifted his last Stanley Cup as a player in 1986 against the Calgary Flames, and scored a playoff total of 5 goals and 10 points
Gainey was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1992.
On February 23, 2008, the Canadiens retired Gainey's #23 jersey.
Received these blue ink signed cards IP.